After TMZ broke the story of Lovato's hospitalization, claiming it was due to an overdose of heroin, a statement from her representative on behalf of her family, issued July 24, appeared to contradict that initial report. "Some of the information being reported is incorrect and [Lovato's family] respectfully ask for privacy and not speculation as her health and recovery is the most important thing right now."
Lovato was first admitted to treatment after dropping out of a Jonas Brothers tour in 2010, when she was 18 years old. After completing treatment, Lovato admitted to hiding her drug use from those around her. "I went on a bender of like, two months," Lovato admitted in the 2017 documentary Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated. "There was one night where I used a bunch of coke and I popped a few Xanax bars and I started to choke a little bit, and my heart started racing. And I remember thinking 'Oh my God, I might be overdosing right now.' "
"I remember we were in New York, and she clearly was on something — and she was on-air promoting this new way of life, and I was like 'You're so full of it,' " Lovato's manager at the time, Phil McIntyre, said in Simply Complicated. "I wasn't equipped to be able to handle that situation — and so I got a list of several recommendations of people that specialize in this. And I ended up connected and speaking with [life coach] Mike Bayer."
"It's embarrassing to look back at the person that I was," Lovato said.
In early July, reports claimed Lovato had split with both McIntyre — who had accepted a role as Roc Nation's president of management in April — and Bayer.
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